So when I came back from taking 2 of the kids to a birthday party I found dh cleaning out the bed that was along the walkway. He was just taking out the weeds. So I went up to him and said what if we just turned this bed into grass? He had been wanting to do this for awhile now but thought I liked the flower bed. After 2 years of having it look like crap and not knowing what to do with it, I have given into the less is more idea of gardening. And with that the bed was been cleaned out and turned into grass.
The before photo of our front yard. It is hard to see the weeds and other odd flowers growing along the walkway.
This is the almost after photo of the front yard. We took out several of the foundation bushes which were too big for the 3 foot space that is between the house and the walkway. And sadly the rhododendron is going to have to come out. It covers half of the path. Look at the nice clean patch of dirt.
Here is a closer view of part of the flower bed. I really hope the grass grows.
So on Sunday we continued with cleaning the front yard. This time we focused on this bed because I got annoyed with the other bed by the walkway, which I will show you next. So this is how it looked 2 years ago.
And this is it now. We had cleaned the bed out last year and then I transplanted some daylilies from the backyard to fill it in but that looked like crap this year. So we dug them up and cleaned everything out and now we are growing grass in this area too. I'm thinking next year I might dig out those little bushes from under the tree.
Here is another view of the front of the house. The single bush that is there we got rid of shortly after this photo was taken. Why they put this lone bush in the middle of the yard along the driveway, I can not say. A lot of the choices made in the landscaping have me and dh shaking our heads.
The bed that was giving me a fit is on the left. It is part of the long bed that we first cleaned out. It also contains 6 azalea bushes that really have no business being there. So after having a big fit about cleaning out the weeds, I asked dh if he would have a problem with getting rid of those bushes and he said no they look like crap.
So about 45 minutes, one cracked shovel and 2 tired and sore people later we have this.
The plan is to grow grass here too but we haven't raked out the weeds and roots. I'm hoping to work on that Saturday. We are so glad that this is done. I really like plants but I am finally coming around to dh's minimalist way of thinking about the yard, less is really more. And if you think that the front yard was something wait until you see the photos of what our backyard looked like. I'll start posting some of those photos soon.